KELLER — Keller running back Dalton Mills rested the entire first half and finished the night with only three carries. Two of those three went for touchdowns, including the game-winner on the first play of overtime to lift Keller to a 34-27 District 4-5A victory over Haltom at the Keller Athletic Complex.
Mills rumbled in from 25 yards out in the overtime and then watched his defense stand firm as Dane Melder picked off a fourth down pass to seal the victory.
With his team trailing 27-20 late in the game, Mills lined up behind center, took the direct snap and darted in from 3 yards out with 1:26 remaining to tie the game at 27.
Haltom (3-4, 1-3), which trailed 14-9 at the half, fought back to take a 20-14 lead with 10:09 to play in the game on a 6-yard run by Israel Walton. Keller (4-3, 1-3) answered 1:29 later when Hunter McEachern found Nick Johnston down the sideline for a 42-yard score. The extra point missed, leaving it tied at 20.
The Buffalos, who carried 62 times for 331 yards led by quarterback Jonathon Armstrong’s 210-yard performance, retook the lead with 5:13 remaining on a 10-yard run by Mario Ramirez.
Haltom finished with 399 yards offense, but Keller’s defense held when it had to, forcing two field goals from Salvador Suarez. His first was from 38 yards in the second quarter and the other from 44 late in the third to cut the lead to 14-12.
McEachern completed 17 of 31 for 235 yards and three touchdowns to lead Keller’s passing attack, including a 41-yard strike to Dillon Smith to give the Indians a 14-3 second-quarter lead.
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